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Poster: Death&Mercy Date: Jun 24, 2009 6:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the best year for Grateful dead music is....

1972.

1. The band was tight throughout
2. Strong vocals
3. The jams were tight and effective
4. Dark Star
5. Fine European performances from Pig

1973 is a close 2nd. If I could choose bits and pieces, I might call 1970 and 71 the "best" the band ever got, but I don't think the years hold up as well from start to finish.

1980 is a personal favorite for me, though I can't call it the best.

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Jun 24, 2009 7:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: the best year for Grateful dead music is....

A friend of mine, with pretty eclectic tastes asked last week, " What GD show represents them at their peak [ he was thinking of cds to get ). I was thinking of Cornell or Veneta , or if it had to be released cds, the new Hartford 77 set .
But no show or year get all aspects of the band . 72 would get my vote also,for all the said reasons . It is the year where most of their elements are in place, and they are still energetic and tight . I do miss the flow of , say, that last disc of the above mentioned Hartford show , Sometimes we get lots of ( awesomely played ) songs with little internal architecture . They are heading that way, but it is still early . Still I think 72 gets it .